THE DEAD GAME BLOG TOUR

The Dead Game ~ Blog Tour

Book
The Dead Game 

By Susanne Leist 

Blog Tour hosted By Ashley’s Addictive Book Promotions 

Blog tour December 15th to the 19th 

Follow the tour!!!

December 15th 

F.P. Spirit

My Book Angel 

December 16th 

Room With Books

The Pleasure of Reading Today

December 17th 

Marcha’s Two Cents’ Worth

Home of A.L. Kessler

December 18th 

Deal Sharing Aunt

The Troubled Oyster

December 19th 

CHRIS BIRDY’S BLOG

Rhoda’s Writing Blog

Synopsis 

Linda moves to a seaside town to live a quiet life. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple–that is until the dead body washes up on shore. Linda is horrified to find that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are common for this small town. As soon as the sun sets, the residents and tourists are stalked by dark shadows. But this is only the beginning.
Linda and her friends receive an unsigned invitation to a party at a deserted house. They are pursued through revolving rooms and dangerous traps, barely escaping with their lives. Two of their own remain trapped in the house. Or so they think. 

They must embark on a difficult journey, chased by unnatural creatures, not knowing whom to trust, to uncover the one controlling the game and everyone in town. Who are The Dead? Are they humans or vampires? Or a combination of both? Will there be an end to their evil game? Will Linda and Todd find love? Will a second book be needed?
The Dead Game has begun.

About the Author 

    Susanne Leist graduated with an M.B.A. in Finance. Wherever life has led her, through the hectic commodities’ markets or the number-crunching field of budgeting, she’s continued to read and daydream. Unbeknownst to her, she had been pursuing her dream all along, her dream of putting her words down on paper for everyone to enjoy. She currently resides on Long Island with her husband, two daughters, and Maltese.

     Her first book, The Dead Game, is a paranormal thriller with humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. Her goal has been to write a book different than the usual vampire story or murder mystery. She wanted a murder mystery with victims, clues, and suspects. She created that and much more. The book has revolving rooms, traps, falling cages, and anything her active imagination could create. The Dead Game is a fun ride into the realms of the supernatural.

Book Excerpt 

winter fantasy

Chapter 22

     Their car neared the house. A stunning sight unfolded before their eyes. Encased in a tight circle of trees, shimmering from the lights strung through their heavy branches, the glass house sparkled against the dark night sky: a huge glass ball shooting green sparks of light from within its rounded walls. Its great dome twinkled as radiantly as the multitude of stars shining down from above.

      Todd left the car with the valet and led the way up the marble stairs to the rounded front door. Two armed men, dressed in tuxedos, guarded the door, their holstered guns only slightly marring the fantasy image running through Linda’s vivid imagination: for as soon as she turned away to admire the scenery, she was once again in fantasy land.

     The panorama facing her was doused in white. Gleaming white snow caps covered the tops of the tall trees and the great dome of the house. Snow was falling on them from somewhere. She could feel snowflakes melting on her lips. They felt wet, like real snowflakes. She touched her face and hair. Her hand came away wet. She had snow on her fingertips. She searched the grounds for a snow machine, but couldn’t locate anything—not on the glass domed roof or in any of the trees. She  couldn’t have, genuine snow was falling on them from the dark sky. The landscape resembled a winter wonderland despite it being fall in Florida.

     Todd placed his hand against her back to escort her into the house. The others followed them into the glowing green ball that was alive with dazzling lights, music, and laughter.

     Once inside, Linda was mesmerized by the glittering glass walls that mirrored the dancing images of the guests twirling around the marble dance floor. These images were cast in bright halos of light reflected from the myriad of crystal chandeliers hanging throughout the room.

     Soft candlelight from mounted crystal sconces flickered across the intricate patterns carved into the green walls. It was the most beautiful and fascinating house that she had ever seen. She glanced back and watched Shana’s mouth drop open. She was certain that Shana would agree that the house appeared simply magical.

     Couples were swirling around the immense dance floor. They were dancing in a large studio between Diane’s life-sized statues. Each sculpture was carved from clear glass: each one revealing a full-sized person. Linda found them to be too lifelike. She stood next to one and stared into it frozen face. She was startled by a fleeting expression of horror that seemed to cross over its features; as if a real person was trapped inside, staring out at her from within his glass tomb. Then the look was gone and the statue appeared lifeless once again

Author Interview 

Please introduce yourself and tell us something about your books.

     My name is Susanne Leist and I’m a new author. My book, The Dead Game is a paranormal mystery. It takes place in a small town, called Oasis, on the coast of Florida. During the day, this town is a paradise for its residents and abundant tourists with its picturesque streets, white-sand beaches, and warm waters. However, at night, the town turns dark and deadly. Dark shadows roam the streets. Tourists begin to disappear and bodies turn up dead on the beach. The evil in this town revolves around a deserted house. The younger residents are invited to a mysterious party at End House, and that is when the fun and games begin.

How did you come to write your first book and how long ago was it?

     I have been reading murder mysteries and thrillers since I was a teenager. I’ve read all types of mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes. In recent years, I’ve begun to read paranormal mysteries. These books bring fantasy and the surreal to the simple murder mystery.

     It is hard to find books that combine paranormal with mystery. That is why I have decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own. It is the type of book that I search for and love to read.

     My book, The Dead Game, has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. However, it also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. And don’t forget the haunted house—we must have one of these.

When you sit down to write a new story, do you know what the ending will be before you start or does it evolve as you write?

    This is the first book that I’ve written. I began with a basic idea in mind. I wanted a murder to take place in a small town. This murder would involve a house that was rigged with supernatural or mechanical traps and moving rooms. But I had no idea how the story would evolve or end. The end turned out to be a surprise to even me.

What do you do when you are not writing or reading?

    When I’m not writing, I enjoy being with my family. My daughters and I love fashion and we love to shop. My husband gets dragged along. I swim twice a week and read every day.

If you could holiday anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?

    I would love to travel everywhere in the world. The only countries I’ve visited so far are Canada, England, and Israel. There are so many places I would love to see. At least I could visit them in books.

I guess, like most authors, you are an avid reader – who are your favourite authors?  Do you read many books by indie authors?

     My favorite author is Brad Meltzer. It is fun and easy to read his books. His words flow smoothly and keep me engrossed in the stories. I like his characters. He weaves his extensive knowledge of Washington into the story lines.

     I buy a book by the description on the back cover and not by the author’s name. This has led me to explore books written by a wide variety of indie authors. I found Brad Meltzer by his book’s description before I heard about him as an author.

Where do you normally source your reading material – from your local library, a bookshop, Amazon or somewhere else?

    I buy books anywhere I can find them. If a book catches my eye, then I buy it. I buy online and in book stores.

Are you working on a new book at the moment?

     The Dead Game is the first book in a series. The first book resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending will lead to more surprises.

     Once my book is further established in the marketplace, I will begin work on the second book. I have an outline and notes all ready to be used to write the next book. My writing often leads me in unknown directions, so I won’t know how the book will end until it does.

 

Character Questions 

 Who is your main character?

My main character is Linda Bennett. She moves to a small town to open a bookstore with an attached coffee shop. She wants to lead a quiet and peaceful life. But she is in for a surprise, since Oasis is anything but peaceful.

What should we know about her?

Linda is a good person who wants to be liked by everyone. She is sweet and kind. She develops a crush on Todd, but at first, she is too shy to speak to him. Her friendship with Shana brings her out of her shell and at times, gets her into trouble. She develops the nerve to speak with him and to voice her own opinions.

What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

Her crush on Todd brings complications to her life. She finds him to be aloof. At first, she is drawn to his mysterious nature. But as she gets to know him better, this mystery soon becomes off-putting to her. She believes he’s hiding secrets from her; secrets that have to do with the elusive residents, and the murders and disappearances in town. 

What is her personal goal?

Her personal goal is to help save the town from the evil threatening to kill them. She doesn’t know if the evil controlling the town is human or a supernatural creature, but she is determined to find and destroy him or her with the help of her friends. 

She has a secondary goal of getting to know Todd better, and she has better luck with this than her first goal.

Author Links and Buy links

Kindle

http://amzn.to/1zcTgkr

Nook

http://bit.ly/1lFdqNj

Links

susanneleist.wordpress.com

susanneleist.blogspot.com

https://twitter.com/SusanneLeist

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dead-Game/245820408898288

https://www.facebook.com/susanne.leist.98

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/susanneleist

TO BE ME

archann:

Archan Nair – New Illustration titled “ Hue “

I feel lost and confused.

I feel dizzy and unsure of myself.

My mind is being pulled

in opposite directions.

What do I want?

What is the most important

thing for me to do?

After my family,

I need time for me.

To figure out what I want.

I want to create.

To throw paint on a wall.

Not really.

I want to keep writing.

To write my blog and

my next book.

Everyone leave me alone.

I want to write.

MY INTERVIEW ON SHANNON PEMRICK’S BLOG

Feature…Friday? Interview – Susanne Leist

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I know, I know, it’s not Friday. It’s Sunday. I did mean to get this up for Feature Friday. So, since I’m late I won’t stall at all and I’ll introduce to you my featured author. Today’s feature is Paranormal writer Susanne Leist! Susanne is the author of the Dead Game and has graciously answered some questions I had for her. Take a look!

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Welcome, Susanne, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Do you have pets or family?

I was born in Brooklyn, New York. Now I live in Long Island, New York. I have the house in the suburbs with the white picket fence, two children, one husband, and a dog. Our new addition is a baby Holland Lops bunny rabbit.

Not going to lie, the moment you said baby bunny, I got a little excited for a moment. But, anyways, as I introduced you’re the author the the Dead Game. Could you tell us a little about your writing? When did you start, and why?

I’ve been reading murder mysteries and thrillers since I was a teenager. I’ve read all types of mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes.  In recent years, I’ve begun to read paranormal books. These books bring fantasy and surreal to the simple murder mystery.

It’s hard to find books that combine paranormal with mystery. That’s why I decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own.  It’s the type of book that I search for and love to read.

My book, The Dead Game, has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. However, it also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. And don’t forget the haunted house—we must have one of these.

It’s said the are two types of authors planners and “pantsers” (those who plan out their books meticulously and those who write by the seat of their pants). What are you?

This is the first book that I’ve written. I began with a basic idea in mind. I wanted a murder to take place in a small town. This murder would involve a house that was rigged with supernatural or mechanical traps and moving rooms. But I had no idea how the story would evolve or end. The end turned out to be a surprise to even me.

Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading?

I just finished reading Linda Fairstein’s latest book, “Terminal City.” It’s a murder mystery that is centered upon Grand Central Terminal. In her books, Linda Fairstein provides insights and history about New York City. I learned a lot about the terminal, above and below ground.

Can you name your favorite traditionally published author?

My favorite author is Brad Meltzer. His book, “Zero Game,” inspired me to write. In this book, I found suspense, mystery, and intrigue and likeable characters. I found an author who wrote books exactly how I wanted them to be written. I then read all his books. I haven’t been disappointed by him yet.

How about your favorite indie/self-published author?

I have two favorite self-published authors. One is Elle Klass. Her book, “As Snow Falls” was so enjoyable and different to read. It brought me feelings of peace and serenity. The second author is March Fox. Her book, “Beyond the Hidden Sky,” is a fast-placed supernatural adventure. It was a lot of fun to read.

Let’s talk about your book real quick. Do you have a favorite character? Why?

I don’t know if I have a favorite character. Linda is the main character and she thinks with my voice. But she’s a little helpless. Todd, on the other hand, is strong and charismatic. I would say that Todd is my best character.

What formats are your book(s) available in (E-book, print, large print, audio)? Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason?

The Dead Game is my first book. It’s available in paperback and on Kindle and Nook. It’s the first book of two books. The first book resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending will lead to more surprises.

I’ve just begun to work on the sequel. It will be released, hopefully, next year in paperback and e-book. I have my outline and notes ready and waiting. My writing often leads me in unknown directions, so I won’t know how the book will end until it does.

Alright, we’ve come to the end of the interview but before you go, is there any advice you would pass on to those authors who are still just starting out? Do’s and don’ts?

I published my book with Outskirts Press. The self-publishing company had informed me that my book was published. I had thought that this meant it was ready for print. I was waiting for them to send out a Press Release and a Wholesaler’s Summary of my book. Little did I know that my poor book was sitting alone on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It didn’t have a description or a bio.

That same day, I wrote up my bio and summaries of the book. I opened online accounts and blogs. I didn’t know what a blog was but soon I had three of them. I joined Facebook, Twitter, and Google. That same week, I joined reading groups and whatever else came up on my computer screen.

Now, almost a year later, I can sit back and breathe a little. I never want to go through those first few months again. If I had connections, or knew about the publishing business, I would have published the traditional way. It would have been harder at the beginning. However, afterward, I wouldn’t have had to navigate through cyberspace on my own.

My advice to a new author is to make sure that you’re prepared before you launch your book. If you are prepared, then you can take the traditional path or the newer route of self-publishing.

Thanks for the great interview Susanne! I’m sending luck your way with all your planned releases. If anyone is interested in checking out more on Susanne, I’ve provided a tad bit more info about her and her book with links below.

Outskirt Profile: http://www.outskirtspress.com/thedeadgame           Website: https://susanneleist.wordpress.com/

Blogspot: http://susanneleist.blogspot.com/           Tumblr: http://thedeadgameblog.tumblr.com/

The Dead Game
(click on the image to go to the book’s amazon product page)

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The small town of Oasis offers tourists a promising glimpse of paradise with its sparkling white-sand beaches, majestic coastline, and legendary sunsets. But are its waters truly harmless? Or is evil lurking beneath its soothing waves, ready to ensnare unsuspecting victims into its dark and murky depths?

Life changes in the remote town…people begin to disappear, and some even turn up dead on the beach. As darkness falls on the picturesque streets, the ominous sounds of chanting linger on the whispering winds as menacing shadows stalk the innocent tourists and residents. Overnight, the town turns from a dream vacation spot to an unsafe haven harboring dark secrets and murder.

It all begins with the mysterious invitation to a party at End House. It is a night that neither Linda nor her friends will ever forget. From this night forward, they find themselves unwillingly trapped as pawns in a deadly game…caught in a deepening quagmire of deceit and horror…in a power play between good and evil. Being strangled by fear, they don’t know where to turn or whom to trust. As clouds of suspicion and distrust swirl around them, slowly picking up momentum, they are led to suspect everyone around them—even each other.

Will Linda and her friends be drawn into the dark currents surrounding Oasis, or will they break free, and bring a new light into their spellbound town?

Follow their treacherous journey through the descending realms of the supernatural. Pursued by unnatural creatures, they must fight off deadly illusions and traps. To save themselves and their town, they must reveal the true face of evil—the one controlling the game and its elusive players.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1lKvMrP           B&N: http://bit.ly/1lFdqNj

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VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

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Thank you, Anna Celeste Burke, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. An award from a great writer is something to be proud about. I’m very proud.  Her link is: http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com/#!VERSATILE-BLOGGER-AWARD-POST-THANKS/c1g4i/A1469DBB-3FA1-4370-B7D2-33319E867560

I’m very happy to accept this award and pass it on to 15 other lucky bloggers. Please click on their links and visit them. I’ve been following them and enjoying their writing.

The only requirement for this award is to share it with 15 others and tell 7 interesting facts about you or your writing.

It’s fun to share!

My 15 Versatile Bloggers are:

  1. http://anniesbeautyblog.wordpress.com/
  2. http://purplerays.wordpress.com/
  3. http://abozdar.wordpress.com/
  4. http://thechicagofiles.wordpress.com/
  5. http://kimgosselinblog.com/
  6. http://mirrorofyourhealth.wordpress.com/
  7. http://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/
  8. http://www.the-dreams-weaver.blogspot.com
  9. http://gardenofeady.com/
  10. http://klewismusings.wordpress.com/
  11. http://storytimewithjohn.com/
  12. http://throughopenlens.com/
  13. http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com
  14. http://stylebreakdown.me/
  15. http://michellejoycebond.wordpress.com/

 

 

One of the requirements for this award is for me to say 7 interesting things about myself. I don’t know if these things are interesting but here goes:

  1. I was born in Brooklyn, New York.
  2. I now live in Long Island, New York.
  3. I find Brooklyn to be much more interesting than Long Island.
  4. I want to travel the world.
  5. The only foreign countries I’ve visited so far are Canada, Israel, and England.
  6. I have two beautiful daughters.
  7. I love to swim.

WRITING PROCESS BLOG TOUR

WRITING PROCESS BLOG TOUR

Writing Process Blog Tour

Thank you Bethanie Hardie, a fine author and blogger, for inviting me to participate in this blog tour. I’ve enjoyed her posts and so when she invited me, I was very pleased and honored. I want to make her proud by answering the questions and finding three bloggers to continue the tour.

Why do I write what I do?

I have been reading murder mysteries and thrillers since I was a teenager. I’ve read all types of mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes. In recent years, I’ve begun to read paranormal mysteries. These books bring fantasy and surreal to the simple murder mystery.
It’s hard to find books that combine paranormal with mystery. That’s why I decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own. It’s the type of book that I search for and love to read.
My book, The Dead Game, has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. However, it also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. And don’t forget the haunted house—we must have one of these.

How does my writing process work?

This is the first book that I’ve written. I began with a basic idea in mind. I wanted a murder to take place in a small town. This murder would involve a house that was rigged with supernatural or mechanical traps and moving rooms. But I had no idea how the story would evolve or end. The end turned out to be a surprise to even me.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The vampires in my book were created from my creepy imagination. They look human—that is until they attack. Then they have red or green glowing eyes. They stand out from other vampires by the way they form alliances and mate.

I introduced a new type of vampire, a product of a human and a vampire. They are called human vampires. Their powers are different from a vampire’s power. Vampires can fly, shape-shift, control minds, and be killed by fire or spells. They must stay out of the sunlight—unless they’re protected by a special green glass. Human vampires don’t have these powers but only the power of suggestion. They’re stronger and live longer than humans. They die of old age—if they’re not killed beforehand.

These facts are revealed over time in the book, and are kind of, a spoiler.

What am I working on at the moment?

The Dead Game is the first book of two books. The first book resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending will lead to more surprises.

I’ve just begun to work on the sequel. I have my outline and notes ready and waiting. My writing often leads me in unknown directions, so I won’t know how the book will end until it does.

Nominated Bloggers
http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/
http://gardenofeady.com/
http://thegadabouttown.wordpress.com/

These are great authors. Check out their blogs and enjoy their colorful words and extraordinary imaginations.

Don’t forget to check out Bethanie Hardie’s blog at: http://www.bethaniehardie.co.uk

DREAMS, FANTASIES, NIGHTMARES, AND VISIONS

Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares, and Visions

 

‎Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares, and Visions

Facebook Event coming soon to a theater or chair near you.
Please join us.
Authors will be presenting their books and offering prizes.
Go home or sit in your chair while you win books.
No energy or movement required.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1439009819683643/?fref=nf

I will be presenting on June 19th at 8:00-10:00
and June 22nd at 2:00-4:00 Eastern time

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